Why Don’t We Recycle Styrofoam?

It’s common practice to recycle paper, glass, and many plastics—in fact, about 35% of the trash produced in the U.S. is recycled or composted. So why can’t we recycle what’s commonly referred to as Styrofoam? (It’s actually expanded polystyrene, or EPS—a bit different!) In episode 19 of Speaking of Chemistry, host Sophia Cai explains that EPS actually can be recycled, but the prohibitive costs have prompted cities to ban the pesky product instead.

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Fuming Over Foam
Volume 93 Issue 12 | pp. 23-25
Issue Date: March 23, 2015

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